Sherwood, OR Real Estate News

By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
The American dream of homeownership is alive and well with both home owners and potential home owners undeterred by the current housing slowdown. According to today's artical in Realtor Magazine Online, the latest American Dream Survey by Trulia.com shows more than 75 percent of Americans surveyed consider owning a home a key part of achieving their personal American Dream.  They also reported sales increases in other markets throughout the United States.  This means more good news for our housing market which happens to be among the best in the country.Creating more jobs and increasing job security is the most important thing President Barack Obama can do to stabilize the housing market, says 53 percent of those surveyed. Today is about opportunity.  As leading Realtors in Sherwood Or...
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By Larry H Morris, Larry Morris, NMLS 150073
(Directors Mortgage)
We've moved to a new company and location and are EXCITED about the future. Without going into a lot of details, it was time to make a move to a company that provided us with the opportunity to adapt to the changes in today's market. We have found that with American Nationwide Mortgage Company. We are in a beautiful new office building in Newberg, Oregon and have a new state-of-the-art website.       307 E 2nd Street, Suite 230.                     My humble abode.                 My new website. Check it out. There is a lot of good info and some properties form one of my favorite Realtors, Todd and Leslie McCabe. I'm looking for more Realtor partners to co-market with. I'll blog more about what I'm doing to help my Realtor Partners.   Some of Todd and Leslie's Listings I'm excited to b...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
As the leading real estate company in the Northwest, John L. Scott has been setting the standard in real estate, training, technology and innovation.  For over 75 years John L. Scott Real Estate has also been celebrating a standard in the annual success of their agents.  Each year in real estate, companies like John L. Scott Real Estate reflect on the success of their agents and recognize them for their sales accomplishments and excellence in the real estate industry.  With over 4,000 sales associates in nearly 150 locations throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho, John L. Scott Real Estate was part of 44,000 transactions and over 14.6 Billion dollars in sales volume during 2008 alone.  We'd like to congratulate the agents who worked very hard in 2008 and earned one of the many prestigi...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
Never Miss the Perfect Home Again with New Listing Alerts for Homebuyers by Email... It's a totally FREE service, only basic information is needed and everything is 100% confidential. Through www.SherwoodListings.com you can access all real estate throughout the Portland Oregon Metro Area.  Here's your chance to be directly notified instantly of Sherwood Oregon area real estate listings, price changes and property updates.  Use the link below to customize and save YOUR search specific criteria.  Immediately, you will see matches of all area listings that fit your needs, compiled in a list and sent right to your inbox.  Anytime homes are added to the MLS that are a match, you'll be the first to know through our automatic email alerts.  Feel free to use this information on your own terms...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
The Spring tends to mark the real estate season, but really in today's market it's more of a 24/7/365 thing.  As agents we can tell you in this market, it takes a full time commitment, all year around to get homes from sale to sold.  Especially when there are so many homes available to choose from. The following home selling tips will be more than helpful, they will give you a leading advantage in preparing your Sherwood area home for sale in the 2009 spring season. Whether you do it alone, hire out help or enlist the expertise and special assistance offered by your Sherwood Real Estate Team... the bottom line, your home must shine! The first thing you have to think about is "Spring Cleaning":  Focus on every single area of your home, inside and out.  This will need to include cleaning ...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
$8,000 Dollar homebuyer Tax-Credit good for Sherwood Oregon and surrounding area real estate.  That's right, this is a true CREDIT and not a loan! The dust has settled and the stimulus package hammered out by House and Senate drops the repayment feature on the home buyer tax credit and raises it from the previous $7,500 to a generous $8,000 for those who purchase a home after January 1st 2009 and before December 1st 2009 and have not owned another home in the last 3 years.  If you are considered a first time homebuyer YOU'LL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.  We have a complete homebuyers packet that explains this program in DETAIL and are happy to provide it to you along with our other FREE homebuyer services.  Ask about it!  Simply email your request to jasongardner@johnlscott.com and...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
   Celebrating Real Estate History - Sherwood Oregon                                                                          Beautiful Sherwood Oregon Sherwood is one of the fastest growing and most desirable towns in Oregon.This city's growth has not squelched the small-town atmosphere of the historic Old Town, and the camaraderie that is evident at community gatherings such as the city's annual Robin Hood Festival. The Tualatin Indians were the first to live in Sherwood.  It wasn't long after the the first wagon trains arrived in Oregon in 1843 that farmers arrived and settled in Sherwood.  Photo of hot air balloon over Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood OR.   In 1878, the State of Oregon was just 19 years old.  This was at a time when the first Lutheran Church was built i...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
In celebration of todays closing on this beautiful home on Green Heron Drive in Sherwood Oregon, we thought it's be fun to share with you a quick story behind the SOLD sign... Jason Gardner and his real estate team were selected to represent the owners/sellers of this home on Green Heron Drive in Sherwood Oregon.  Some reasons Bob and Lisa hired us was because of our reputation, community presence and real estate success. We listed this beautiful two level home featuring a very desirable floor plan here in the Heron Ridge Estates community.  Soaring vaults, bedroom/office on main, hardwoods, beautiful slate accents and high-end stainless steel appliances in the gourmet kitchen, oversize 3 car garage and filled with many of today's luxurious amenities.  This home also backs to and overl...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
There are a few  common things that resonate with Super Bowl.  But, you might be wondering what the Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers have to do with Sherwood Oregon area real estate...  Let's go through a play by play of some similarities... First, there is the love of the game, and the excitement and passion brought by the two strongest teams in the league who arrive in one place to accomplish the same goal...  To be the team that walks away with the win...  Being the area's top real estate team, we understand the commitment required to accomplish such an outstanding achievement.  However, our case is different in that we focus on the goals of each of our clients first and foremost, making sure each of our clients win.  Only few real estate teams hav...
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By Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
I wake up in the morning, check my mail and what do I see? "Another Google Alert for "Todd Clark - Realtor" in my inbox. I click on the link and I see that the Santa Cruz Sentinel quoted a post that I did awhile back on how to sell an investment property with a renter and what options you may have if the renter may slow the sale.Here is a link to my post and also a link to the article by the Santa Cruz Sentinel.Selling a residential home with a uncooperative tenant - An easy solution  - By Todd ClarkSome renters throwing up roadblocks to home sales - Santa Cruz SentinelThank you once again Activerain for getting me publicity and more business. Since this article came out on December 13th, I've gotten 4 calls about listing properties with renters. 
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By Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
For the past couple weeks I've been reading in the rain how bad these banks have it and how 50% of all the loan modifications they did in 2007 are now in default again. Oh, the poor me syndrome, "Please help us, throw us money, this is why we shouldn't have to do loan modifications, congress."Well, let me be the optimist here and go the other way and help congress with some math that may have been missed in this equation.Let's say that there were only 1 million loan modifications in 2007. (I know this is low, but I wanted to keep the math simple.)Since most of these loan modifications were done in the first 5 years of the loan that means 90% of the money paid each month was interest. (We are going to go with an average monthly payment of $2,000 per month.)So, out of that $2,000, the ban...
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By Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon
(eXp Realty LLC)
This is a conversation that I had with someone I met a couple weeks ago. They actually told me, "My agent is a jerk, but he is a great negotiator." Now, this was amazing to me to hear and I had to ask more about this.This person said, "Yeah, this person is my agent for life. He is a real JERK, but the money he made us on the sale because of his negotiation skills made me nearly $5,000 more than I would have if I had gone with anyone else. I've even had other agents tell me they don't like him and won't do business with him, and to me that tells me it is because he gets his clients the best deals."I had to ask him to explain how this agent made him an extra $5,000 in negotiations, which, don't get me wrong, it certainly can be done, but I find you get more by being nice than beating the ...
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By Larry H Morris, Larry Morris, NMLS 150073
(Directors Mortgage)
 Sherwood OR Homes Qualify for 100% Financing Under USDA Program It is becoming harder and harder for a home-buyer to purchase a home, yet there are still many affordable homes if you have a down payment or the advantage of a program that helps you qualify for more home. Through a litle used federal government loan program, the USDA Guaranteed Rural Home Loan, we are able to offer financing up to 102% of the appraised price on the purchase of a new home in Sherwood, OR. This allows for the purchase price, seller contributed closing costs and the cost of the one time mortgage insurance.  Eligible Persons Have an adequate, documentable and dependable income. Must be a U.S. citizen or be legally admitted to the United States for permanent residence. An adjusted annual household income that...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
Sherwood Oregon Real Estate Market Update - December, 2008 Is this really my homes value?  Take a look at how market reports read... Getting accurate home value information online can be a daunting task.  Places like Zillow for example provide an easy to use system that by all means is a convenient consumer service, but they’re consistently off the mark.  In most cases in either direction by $20,000 give or take some.  Often times, agents will provide a market report, but this can just be generalized information.  For instance, if you live in Sherwood Oregon and are thinking of selling your home, you might be looking at a report that covers total homes sold, the average selling price, average dollar per square foot, days on market, current number of listings for sale, and your local med...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
Sherwood Realtors Host 4th Annual Community Tree Event, 2008 Every year, Jason and I like to show our appreciation and thanks to our clients and the community for your confidence and trust in The Gardner Team... and for celebrating a bit of the holiday season with us.   This year markets our 4th annual "Community Tree Event" which we held again at Sleighbells in Sherwood Oregon.  We were honored to have so many come to enjoy the day and their gift certificate from us.  We also shared some hot coco, the grand prize drawing for the Nintendo Wii System was a huge it with over 100 entries for a chance to win and of course we kept Santa busy with plenty of visits and photos! Stay tuned... The winner of our Grand Prize Drawing will be posted on our website As always it was such a pleasure, a...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
Community Feature:  Quailhurst Vineyard Estate After a fun wine tasting event with some colleagues at our John L. Scott Real Estate office this evening, and a recent shipment from the Quailhurst wine club, I was fondly reminded that this is just another thing that makes Sherwood and the area we live so special.  The people, the experience and of course the wine. There's so much to be said about Sherwood Oregon's Quailhurst Vineyard Estate.  My husband and I have been wine members for some time now and have had the pleasure of friendship with the creator himself, some of the family and their inspiring worldly passions beyond the club.  The best way to describe the Quailhurst experience is from the artful words of Dr. Marvin Hausman and his talented team or the flavorful notes of their ma...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
  We all have Johnson & Johnson Band-Aids laying around the house, in junk drawers, bathroom cabinets, maybe that handy first aid kit that comes to our rescue.  Aren't they just great?  That colorful box is easy to spot, always there when you need a "quick fix", flexible and many options to choose from.  Raising 3 active boys, we go through boxes and couldn't imagine living without this essential little item!   I wish real estate were that easy.  We could use something as quick and easy as a Johnson & Johnson Band-Aid for all the many challenges out there.  But it's not.   The real estate market requires true seasoned Realtors with a proven track record, more than ever before.  Those who have had "FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE" and knows how to work throughout a challenging and forever changing...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
Sherwood Oregon is filled with many beautiful neighborhoods to live in.  Old town vintage, down town charm, traditional elegance, country living and fine luxury estates.  Really, there's something here for everyone.  In this community feature, we'd like to introduce you to the highly sought after Woodhaven community, located in beautiful Sherwood Oregon.  The Woodhaven Community Woodhaven is located just off of 99W and Sunset Blvd.  Perfectly situated within the quaint, history-rich city of Sherwood Oregon, Washington County's newest gem and one of Oregon's fastest growing cities which was recently rated #18 Best Places to Live in the "Nation" by CNN's Money Magazine in 2007.  The homes in Woodhaven have been carefully designed to compliment each other as well as the community.  Single-...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
Your Real Estate Market Tip & Market Update    Market Tip: What is Appraised Value? Appraisals provide an objective opinion of value, but it's not an exact science so appraisals may differ. For buying and selling purposes, appraisals are usually based on market value - what the property could probably be sold for. Other types of value include insurance value, replacement value, and assessed value for property tax purposes. Appraised value is not a constant number. Changes in market conditions can dramatically alter appraised value. Appraised value doesn't take into account special considerations, like the need to sell rapidly. Lenders usually use either the appraised value or the sale price, whichever is less, to determine the amount of the mortgage they will offer.     Market Minute: ...
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By Jason & Amber Gardner, We're Committed to Your Success!
(Hasson Company, Realtors)
Sherwood Oregon is filled with many beautiful neighborhoods to live in.  Old town vintage, down town charm, traditional elegance, country living and fine luxury estates.  Really, there's something here for everyone. In this community feature, we'd like to introduce you to Heron Ridge Estates, located in beautiful Sherwood Oregon.  Heron Ridge Estates was established in 2004 by DR. Horton.  This exclusive community features 112 European, Craftsman and Daylight style homes ranging from 1,900 square feet to over 4,000 square feet in size.  Current home prices have ranged from the low $300's to high $500's, making affordable elegance a realistic possibility. This intimate community consists of Lynnly Street, Roosevelt Street, Sandhill Lane, Seely Lane, Plover Court and Green Heron Drive. He...
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